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Associated Organisations


Since its founding in 1917, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists has been a pillar of the world-wide scientific community. The original purpose of AAPG, to foster scientific research, to advance the science of geology, to promote technology, and to inspire high professional conduct, still guides the Association today.
Currently the world's largest professional geological society with over 30,000 members, AAPG provides publications, conferences, and educational opportunities to geoscientists and disseminates the most current geological information available to the general public.


AIPN – Association of International Petroleum Negotiators is a forum where all parties to the negotiation of agreements between petroleum exploration companies (IOC's) and host governments meet to share news of developing concepts and discuss areas of concern.


CEF (Pty) Ltd. is involved in the search for appropriate energy solutions to meet the future energy needs of South Africa, the Southern African Development Community and the sub-Saharan African region, including oil, gas, electrical power, solar energy, low-smoke fuels, biomass, wind and renewable energy sources. CEF also manages the operation and development of the oil and gas assets and operations of the South African government. Petroleum Agency South Africa, one of the CEF subsidiary companies, manages the promotion and licensing of oil and gas exploration, development and production in South Africa and the coastal areas offshore South Africa as part of creating a viable upstream oil industry in the country.


The DME has oversight responsibilities over ten (10) State Owned Entities (SOE) which are either classified as schedule 2 or 3 in the PFMA. These include subsidiaries of these entities, which according to PFMA are taken as listed entities in their own right. As CEF is one of the 10 SOEs, Petroleum Agency SA as a subsidiary of CEF is thus included in the list of SOE's over which the Department has oversight.


EAGE is a professional association for geoscientists and engineers. It is an organization with a worldwide membership providing a global network of commercial and academic professionals. All members of EAGE are professionally involved in (or studying) geophysics, petroleum exploration, geology, reservoir engineering, mining and civil engineering. The EAGE operates two divisions: the Oil & Gas Geoscience Division and the Near Surface Geoscience Division.


Petroleum is a UK based website which highlights information pertaining to the Petroleum Industry. It is very informative to individuals/students who want to research the chemistry, composition, formation and classification of petroleum.


The Fossil Fuel Foundation was founded in 1994 at a time when South Africa was opening its doors to a new world and undergoing significant changes within. At that time issues related to the coal, carbon and energy world had little or no professional standing within the professional bodies of the day, and so it came about that this new organisation was formed whose mandate was to provide a forum to serve the multidisciplinary communities working in all aspects of the coal, carbon and energy worlds - from exploration through production to use and environmental consequence.


The Geological Society of London was founded in 1807. It is the UK national society for geoscience, and the oldest geological society in the world. The Society provides a wide range of professional and scientific support to around 9500 Fellows (members), about 2000 of whom live overseas. More than 2000 Fellows are also Chartered Geologists.


The Society of Exploration Geophysicists is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the science of applied geophysics and the education of geophysicists. SEG, founded in 1930, fosters the expert and ethical practice of geophysics in the exploration and development of natural resources, in characterizing the near surface, and in mitigating earth hazards. The Society, which has more than 33 000 members in 138 countries, fulfils its mission through its publications, conferences, forums, Web sites, and educational opportunities.


The World Petroleum Council is the world's premier global oil and gas forum and is the only international organization representing all aspects of the petroleum sector. The WPC was established in 1933 with the intent to promote the management of the world's petroleum resources for the benefit of mankind. The WPC's prime function is to catalyse and facilitate dialogue among stakeholders, both internal and external to the petroleum industry on key technical, social, environmental and management issues in order to contribute towards seeking solutions to those issues.

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The World Petroleum Council (WPC) was founded in London in 1933. The South African National Committee (SANC) of the WPC was founded in 1999. The WPC provides a forum for discussing the issues facing the oil industry on a worldwide basis and is strictly non-political. The WPC is dedicated to the application of scientific advances in the oil and gas industries to technology transfer and to the use of the world's petroleum resources for the benefit of humankind. More recently topics have been expanded to include Petroleum Finance, Management, Environmental and Human Rights issues. The SANC hosted the 18th WPC Congress in Johannesburg in September 2005 and it was the first time in the 72 year history of the WPC that the Congress was held in Africa. As a lasting legacy of this event the SANC Legacy Trust was established and awarded it's first bursary in January 2010. The CEO of the Petroleum Agency SA currently serves as the Secretary of the SANC.


In 1995 a regional seminar on Fisheries Resource Dynamics in the Benguela Current Ecosystem was held in Swakopmund, Namibia. The milestones of the seminar include an agreement, in principle, by Namibia, South Africa and Angola to work towards the establishment of formal structures to enhance cooperation.
The Benguela-Environment-Fisheries-Interaction and Training was launched in 1997 and its goals were the development of enhanced science capacity required for the optimal and sustainable utilization of the living marine resources of the Benguela by improving knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of important commercial stocks, their environment and linkages between the environmental processes and the stocks dynamics and building appropriate human and material capacity for marine science and technology in the countries bordering the Benguela ecosystem.


The Offshore Petroleum Association of South Africa (known as OPASA) was officially launched in May 1999. The Department of Minerals and Energy, and others interested in the upstream industry of South Africa, joined with companies involved in the offshore exploration and production of hydrocarbons to announce this organisation.


The Geological Society of South Africa (GSSA) was established in 1895, and is one of the oldest and largest societies of its kind in Africa. The GSSA promotes the study of the earth sciences, facilitates the professional development of its members, and advances the use of geoscience in the academic, professional, and public sectors. It is a society that exists for geologists and earth scientists with an interest in Africa, and southern Africa in particular, and has over 2 500 members and student members.


South African Geophysical Association (SAGA) was founded in 1977 to foster and encourage the development of Geophysics in South Africa and has since grown to over 350 members worldwide.


The Department of Energy is responsible for ensuring exploration, development, processing, utilisation and management of South Africa's mineral and energy resources. As the country's economy continues to grow, energy is increasingly becoming a key focus.


The University of the Western Cape is a national university, alert to its African and international context as it strives to be a place of quality, a place to grow. It is committed to excellence in teaching, learning and research, to nurturing the cultural diversity of South Africa, and to responding in critical and creative ways to the needs of a society in transition.
Drawing on its proud experience in the liberation struggle, the university is aware of a distinctive academic role in helping build an equitable and dynamic society.

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